Updated: 23/09/16 : 05:19:15Printable Version
ALL AMBULANCES serving Sligo University Hospital will be included in the immediate nationwide safety check.
follows the fire fatality in which one elderly man lost his life in an
ambulance outside a hospital emergency department yesterday, Wednesday.
Two paramedics also suffered injuries in the incident at Naas hospital in Co Kildare.
Now, a key check have been ordered promptly by the National Ambulance Service.
This will focus on all oxygen containers and staff have been requested to ''re-familiarise themselves'' with emergency ambulance evacuation procedures.
Last night, the HSE said early indications suggested the explosion caused a fire to start in the rear of the vehicle.
“While the results of the full investigations are awaited, it would appear that the explosion was related to oxygen.
“As a result, the National Ambulance Service is issuing an immediate safety action notice.
is) to ensure all oxygen is checked and has also directed its supplier
to undertake a programme of checks on the oxygen in our ambulances.
“Staff have also been asked to re-familiarise themselves with the emergency ambulance evacuation procedures,” said the HSE.
can carry up to six sealed cylinders of different types of potentially
flammable gas to treat patients at a scene and while transporting them.
These include oxygen and also an analgesic gas and air mix for pain relief.
ambulance in the incident was a new one commissioned inside the past
year, HSE boss Tony O'Brien confirmed on RTÉ last night.